The ultimate mission of the Department of Metro General Services is to provide beautiful, healthy, safe, sustainable, functional and long lasting public buildings and spaces. Specifically, General Services’ Sustainability Division integrates sustainable practices throughout the department’s projects and operations with the goal to reduce energy, waste, carbon and greenhouse gas emissions while also educating Metro employees and the Nashville community about sustainability.
Carpool with coworkers
Carpooling to work with your co-workers saves you gas, helps the environment and allows you to take the HOV lane so you can get to work faster. You could even start a carpooling network in your office to get more people involved.
Metro also offers a Green Parking Permit providing free metered parking for vehicle owners that purchase carbon offsets.
Check with your employer to see if they offer designated parking spots for those who carpool with co-workers.
Invest in Renewables
Sun and wind provide abundant clean energy. Whether you install solar panels on your roof or purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) from elsewhere, you can help the energy grid be greener. Learn more at our blog.
Rightsize your home
Homes with wasted space also waste energy. Rightsize your home by selecting a dwelling that meets – but does not exceed – your space needs. If you are already in a home that’s too large, shut off unused rooms and vents to save energy.
Avoid disposable items when possible.
Instead maintain and repair durable products or reuse disposable items for different use.
Use reusable dishware at home and on the go
If your office has access to a sink or dishwasher, bring reusable dishware to work instead of using single-serve throwaway dishware.
Bring reusable dishes or to go containers when dining out at places that use disposable. Ask the restaurant staff to use your dishes for dine in or carry out!
Bring your own reusable water bottle everywhere you go, instead of buying plastic water bottles.
Turn out the lights when you leave a room
Make your momma proud, turn off unneeded lights!
Make use of natural light
Leave the lights off when not needed. In addition to saving energy, daylighting has been shown to reduce absenteeism, improve overall well-being, and improve productivity.
Participate in planned Neighborhood Clean-ups or organize your own.
Start a backyard garden
Take advantage of the Nashville Public Library “Be Well” program
From yoga and exercise classes to cooking and informational classes, find it all on NPL’s Be Well website.
Get outside and visit a Metro Park and stay active